A view of the ‘Codex Sassoon’ at Sotheby’s in New York.
Codex Sassoon 1053 is not exactly the oldest known complete Hebrew bible. So how can we explain its astronomical price?
The researchers used machine learning to study the 2,000-year-old document.
Israel Antiquities Authority conservator Tanya Bitler shows newly discovered Dead Sea Scroll fragments at the Dead Sea Scrolls conservation lab in Jerusalem.
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What’s fascinating about the latest Dead Sea Scrolls discovery is how it reflects the stories of those who wrote the ancient texts, those who kept them safe and the archaeologists who found them.
The Dead Sea scrolls show scribes using the theme of four kingdoms (Babylon-Persia, Greece, Rome and the kingdom of God) as a flexible way to prophecize.
There is a long history of recalculating historical prophecies and projections based on the theme of four kingdoms.
A fragment of scroll from the John Rylands Library, University of Manchester, under microspectral imagery.
The University of Manchester
What do you do when you find something amazing you didn’t expect, and there is no budget in your grant to investigate it?
A 14th-century Last Judgment relief from a facade of Orvieto cathedral in Umbria. Italy.
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Some people are comparing current times with the apocalypse. In ancient texts, apocalyptic messages cultivated endurance and encouragement through dire circumstances.
The Museum of the Bible, Washington, DC.
Museum of the Bible
The highly controversial Bible Museum in Washington, D.C., has just announced the withdrawal of five manuscripts deemed counterfeit. Where did these fragments come from and how did they get there?
A conservator works with a portion of the Dead Sea Scrolls containing Psalm 145 at The Franklin Institute, in Philadelphia.
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The real scrolls are considered priceless. Here’s why.
Puzzle: fragments of 2,000-year-old scrolls before reassembly.
Shay Halevi, Israel Antiquities Authority, The Leon Levy Library of the Dead Sea Scrolls
Painstaking reconstruction of fragments of text has revealed the working draft of an ancient Jewish calendar and priestly duty schedule.
Jerusalem is mentioned on this 2,700-year-old papyrus.
A mysterious papyrus said to come from the Judaen Desert could be the first to reveal the name of Jerusalem.
Make no bones about it, radiocarbon dating has transformed our understanding of the past.
Radiocarbon dating has transformed our understanding of the past 50,000 years. Professor Willard Libby produced the first radiocarbon dates in 1949 and was later awarded the Nobel Prize for his efforts…